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Governor Live Review: Leading or joining a MAT – the legal issues

Governor Live Review: Leading or joining a MAT – the legal issues

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The eighth Governor Live event of 2017 – Leading or joining a MAT – the legal issues – took place on the evening of Thursday evening, the 25th of May.  Michelle Gray, employment partner and head of Education at berg and her colleague Darren Ashworth, a solicitor on berg’s Real Estate team, spent half an hour exploring some of the issues around:

  • What is an academy?
  • What does an academy conversion involve?
  • Setting up a MAT / Joining an existing MAT
  • Questions to ask when joining a MAT
  • Trustees / Members / Key documents
  • TUPE
  • Land issues: Due diligence & potential legal issues

This was then followed by our usual time of questions and discussion – the recording of which and slides from are below.

Presentation slides

Here are the slides from Michelle and Darren’s presentation, reproduced and shared with permission:

Questions asked by participants

Michelle and Darren answered all of these questions – view the recordings further down the page to see the answers.

  • What are the implications regarding land for VA schools?
  • Is it considered appropriate to have the Chief Executive on the the board to which he/she is accountable? I seem to hear conflicting advice.
  • For a school in a MAT who would Ofsted speak to in terms of governance?
  • Who appoints the members? Can members be removed?
  • Can a member can sit on the trust board?

Watch the recording

There are two options for viewing the record. The first is on the Modern Governor Adobe Connect server, and allows you to search the text of the slides and discussion between participants during the event. This requires the Adobe Flash Player and therefore won’t work on a smartphone or tablet. If you attended the live event on your computer, then you’ll be able to watch this version.

A more accessible but less interactive version of the recording is available on the Modern Governor YouTube channel:

The final Governor Live session: Performing a SWOT analysis on your school

On Thursday the 15th of June at 8pm Christine Bayliss of C:BECS – who has presented in previous Governor Live events including our Considerations for Conversion series – will be presenting the final Governor Live session of the spring and summer terms entitled Performing a SWOT analysis on your school. Here’s her introduction to this session:

Christine Bayliss

Christine Bayliss

“This Governor Live event will be a workshop for governors of maintained schools and standalone academies on how to carry out a SWOT analysis of their institution, to help make informed decisions regarding joining or leading a MAT. We’ll be using anonymised data from a currently maintained school, and participants will be encouraged to critically assess the information and come to their own conclusions about how the school might best proceed when faced with the prospect of academisation in whatever form – or not at all.

We’ll examine how taking an objective view of how our school’s ethos,  its academic data, its situation in terms of finance & resources, along with the wider pattern of provision in the local area can help governors make informed and sensible decisions about how to approach the prospect of academisation.

As ever, there’ll be time for questions, reflection and interaction with your fellow governors throughout the session.”

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